This is a 15 year Auchroisk that was a blend of bourbon/syrah maturations that was finished in additional Syrah cask before being bottled at 46% ABV.
Nose: Pickled vegetables with smoked meats, burnt oak, over ripe bananas – wine influence is very dark here but slightly closed off.
Palate: Wine finish really explodes here with a dessert wine profile full of pears, black cherries, and bubble gum while slightly grassy notes linger in the background.
Finish: Surge of fruit punch leaving with bitter oak and spiced jams.
Rating: 86/100 – Not for the faint of heart when it comes to heavy wine influence – very sweet and rich, but quite good if you like that style.
Value for the money: I think these retailed for around $80 or so, and I think that’s a very fair price given comparable bottles like the Companta which retail for $100.